KODANSHA Signs Exclusive Agreement With DIAMOND UK Despite Shutdown

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Manga publisher Kodansha has signed an exclusive partnership with Diamond Comic Distributors U.K. to distribute Kodansha titles in the U.K. and Ireland, effective August 1.

Kodansha's well-known output for western audiences includes Attack on Titan, Akira, Sailor Moon, Ghost in the Shell and more.

This exclusive deal was announced on the heels of Diamond's announcement that it will pause its distribution operations both in North America and the U.K. in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has interrupted supply chains and retail outlets for various industries including comic books. Normal operations are expected to resume later this year, though no specific timeframe has been outlined, and Diamond is moving forward on new deals that presumes that eventual resumption.

“We are delighted that the fantastic, expanding catalogue of English language manga from Kodansha Comics will now be available via Diamond Comic Distributors UK. Both Kodansha Europe and Kodansha Comics are looking forward to working with them to ensure the continued growth of Kodansha Manga in the UK,” stated Tim Wilkes, Managing Director, Kodansha Europe Ltd
“Diamond UK is extremely excited to work with Kodansha Europe and look forward to helping them to take Kodansha Comics to new heights. The addition of Kodansha Comics to our ranks helps reinforce Diamond as the primary source of Entertainment Culture products and services. I’m confident that our global presence in other markets can help them reach their full sales potential and we’re ready to go to work and deliver on that promise,” added Mike Holman, General Manager, Diamond Comic Distributors U.K.
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